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Prudhoe in Bloom 2013 Results
There were more entries to Prudhoe in Bloom this year than in any other year. Possibly due to judging being later in the year or the improved conditions weather-wise; whatever the reason, the Town Council was delighted to receive these new entries, alongside the long-standing supporters of the event.
As always the judges commented on the great efforts of our schools and churches. Gardening in schools is very educational and the commitment of pupils and teachers is fundamental to the finished and very impressive results. Church grounds are all maintained by volunteers and it is heart warming to see the success that community spirit brings forth.
This year the Town Council and our Prudhoe in Bloom Working Group agreed to a new category for Business entries. Take-up in this category was slightly disappointing, but hopefully we can encourage more interest in future years.
Yet again the standards in the competition were exceptionally high. In view of this we have a new medal system of Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum, yes the standard is so high that a Gold medal is just not enough!
We awarded a winner and a runner-up in the Schools and Churches competition, as well as for the 3 wards in the Town; Mickley, Prudhoe North and Prudhoe South. Winners and runners-up received gift vouchers for Tyne Valley Garden Centre, with all schools entered receiving a token voucher, donated by Tyne Valley Garden Centre.
All entries received a certificate showing their overall medal and the mayor presented 4 cups for 'Best School Gardens', 'Best Church Gardens' and overall 'Best Front Garden' and 'Best Rear Garden' in the Town.
The Town Council would like to thank especially our judges; Mrs Vivienne Bolton of Corbridge (residential and churches), Dean and Vivienne Bolton of Hollybush Nursery (schools), Peter Nevin and James Dobson, Prudhoe in Bloom volunteers (businesses)
Additionally the Town Council would like to thank our photographer and In Bloom volunteer, Mrs Moira Wooldridge, as well as our other Prudhoe in Bloom Volunteers – Cllr Mrs Jennifer McGee, Mrs Joan Russell, James Dobson and Peter Nevin.
Once again Tyne Valley Garden Centre sponsored the schools competition, allowing all schools to receive a token gift voucher to encourage further development of their gardens.
As always the Town Council is grateful to Prudhoe Parish Church Hall Coffee Morning for allowing us to use the hall and being such wonderful hosts.
Last but not least, thank you to everyone who has supported the competition, either by entering or by taking an interest in the results.